Canstruction Belton: The Community‘s Third Annual Design and Build Competition
The three day community event, held at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Campus Mayborn Center, is an event in which teams from the community build enormous structures out of canned goods, which are then used to fill the pantry of Helping Hands Ministry. The structures are judges by a celebrity jury and awarded at the Gala & Awards Dinner. Residents from the community are invited to view the structures throughout the weekend with only a canned good or dollar to be donated as admission. Each guest has the opportunity to vote fro his or her favorite structure; the winner is awarded the Community Favorite at the Gala & Awards Dinner on Saturday evening. 100% of the food and donations collected from the event are directly used to minister to our neighbors in need. Speaking about the need in the community and how to better reach those needs during the Awards Dinner is Dr. Gaynor Yancey, professor at Baylor University’s School of Social Work.
Thursday, January 24, 5-8
Watch the competition up close, on the floor or high above, in the stadium seats.
Suggested admission: 5 canned goods or $5
Friday, January 25, 8-8
Exhibits on display to the public.
Suggested admission: 1 canned good or $1
Saturday, January 26, 8-4 / 6-8
Exhibits on display to the public (8-4) / Gala & Awards Dinner (6-8)
Suggested admission: 1 canned good or $1
How is this accomplished?
The competing teams (5+ members and at least one design mentor from an architectural, engineering or building firm) comprised from churches, civic groups, schools or simply a group of friends work together for months as they plan, design, fund raise, purchase cans and practice building their structure before the competition. Three hours are allowed during the build competition. Only five people may build at one time, however the team may substitute members from its supporting cast to help build. The teams are completely responsible for providing all cans needed for their canned structures. The structures built by the teams must have a minimum of 1,000 cans. The space provided is 10’x10’x8’. At the competition’s conclusion, the structures will be judged by a celebrity jury.
This years’s teams are Altrusa of Temple, Architectural Edge, Belton Tigers Bible CANnectors, CGI, Foundation United Methodist Church, Grace Community Primitive Baptist Church, Harvest Technologies, and PC Floors.
2011 & 2012
In 2011 & 2012, 15,000 & 25,000 pounds of food were raised. Over 2,000 people attended the events in 2011 & 2012.
In 2012, the Belton Tigers Bible CANnectors’ “Garden of Eat-In: Make Hunger Forbidden” won Most Cans, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal & Honorable Mention. Architectural Edge’s “Open Up Your Heart” won Best Theme, Structural Ingenuity & Juror’s Favorite. Miller Heights Baptist Church’s “Life Given Through Death” won the People’s Choice Award, while the CANtagious Spirit Award went to John Gillette, the team mentor for both Christ the King Catholic Church’s “Hands Can” & the Belton Tigers Bible CANnectors’ “Garden of Eat-In: Make Hunger Forbidden.”
In 2011, the Belton Bible CANnectors’ ”One CAN Rat Out Hunger” won Most Cans, Best Meal, People’s Choice & Honorable Mention. The Groupies’ “U 2 Can Help” won Best Use of Labels, while Belton Middle School’s “Isn’t it aMAZEing what One Can Do?” won the CANtagious Spirit Award. Architectural Edge’s “King TunaCANmun” won Structural Ingenuity & Juror’s Favorite, the overall winner.
Canstruction Belton is especially proud to have Architectural Edge in the competition each year as it won The Structural Ingenuity Award with “King TunaCANmun” in the International Competition in 2012 and The Juror’s Favorite with “Open Up Your Heart” (overall world wide winner) in the 2011 International Competition (competing against more than 2,000 teams’ entries across 6 continents.)
Belton Journal (June 2012)
KCEN News Clip
YNN News Clip
International Winner from Belton Competition
Canstruction Inc. Press Release of 2011 Winners
Canstruction Inc. Press Release of 2012 Winners
YouTube Timelapse Video (Open Up Your Heart)
Photos are from the 2011 and 2012 competitions